Kroell was born in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Niles North High School in Skokie. There, he became interested in theater. After a break, he attended Harper College, earning his Associates Degree in political science.
Kroell appeared on season one of Bravo's Make Me a Supermodel. In the show, Ronnie entered into a notable bromance with fellow contestant Ben DiChiara, which was dubbed "Bronnie". He became very popular on the show and won the title of "Fan Favorite" despite placing second behind Holly Kiser.
Following his appearance on the series, Kroell continued to work to establish himself as a model. He signed a contract with New York Model Management and has walked the catwalks for designers such as Philip Sparks, Loris Diran, Malan Breton and Richie Rich. He also featured the cover of Next and Instinct magazines. In June 2010 he appeared on the cover of Playgirl magazine in a nude layout shot by the internationally renowned fashion photographer Lope Navo. Kroell is currently working on developing a fragrance line and filming a new reality show. He also appeared in the fourth installment of Q. Allan Brocka's popular Eating Out series, "Eating Out 4: Drama Camp", in the role of Beau.
Kroell is openly gay. He came out at the age of 15 after his mother found him kissing a boyfriend. Kroell has been the guest of honor or grand marshal at gay pride events across the United States. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Ronnie Kroell is very much involved in charity and awareness campaigns. In 2010, he filmed a video for the It Gets Better Project together with an ex boyfriend . He has also contributed to the "I talk about HIV/AIDS Because..." campaign.
In addition, he has worked with Equality Maryland, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Human Rights Campaign, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA).
Mom: A Tribute to Mothers of LGBTs by Tracy Baim and Kat Fitzgerald
Paperback: 92 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 11, 2012)
Amazon: Mom: A Tribute to Mothers of LGBTs
Mothers of LGBT individuals are the focus of this photo essay book from Windy City Times. The Chicago-based weekly newspaper solicited submissions from LGBTs in the Chicago area, or those formerly from Chicago, for this book. Some nationally known moms are featured, including: — Judy Shepard, mother of murdered gay activist Matthew Shepard. — Dorothy Hajdys-Holman, whose son Allen Schindler was brutally killed by military colleagues in 1992. — Go-Gos singer Belinda Carlisle and her son James Duke Mason. — Charlene Sonenberg and her son, actor/model Ronnie Kroell. The majority of photos were taken by Kat Fitzgerald of MysticImagesPhotography.com. Fitzgerald spent six years photographing LGBT events in Chicago and now resides in the San Francisco area. The book was designed by Kirk Williamson. Windy City Times sought a diversity of families to include in the book. “Both Kat and I have lost our own amazing mothers,” said Windy City Times Publisher Tracy Baim, who coordinated the project. “We wanted to have a book as tribute to our own moms, but also to all of the loving and accepting moms out there. We hear a lot of stories of families who do not accept their LGBT children, and this book tells the other side of the story, with moms who are wonderfully supportive.” The book ends with a heartwarming and anonymous essay by Huffington Post blogger “Amelia,” to her son, who came out to her as gay at a very young age. She is only anonymous to protect her child, and her love is unconditional for all her children.
More LGBT History at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Persistent Voices
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